5 Burlington Destinations for Explorers

If you just stocked up on some stellar gear from the Sierra Trading Post store in Burlington, Vermont, then you're probably eager to put it to good use. Whether you just picked up some new running shoes, hiking boots, snowshoes, camping gear, hiking clothes, or even a new kayak and PFD life jacket, there's no doubt that you have a ton of great options in the area to get the most out of your new stuff.

Here are five prime Burlington-area destinations that are perfect for your outdoor getaway. From aquatic adventures to dry-land explorations, there's a little something for everyone in the gorgeous Green Mountain state.

1. Lake Champlain

How could you possibly explore the Burlington area without enjoying everything that beautiful Lake Champlain has to offer? Located right on the lake's coast, Burlington is a favorite destination for all kinds of watersport enthusiasts. Swim or picnic in secluded Oakledge Cove, rent a stand-up paddle board, kayak, canoe or bike at the bustling North Beach, or simply relax in the sun on the sandy Leddy Beach. For extended exploration of the Lake Champlain coastline, kayakers can access the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail from any of the public beaches. Experienced paddlers may enjoy spending a week paddling and camping along the trail, while others will love a short trip around an access point.

Oakledge Park Photo by wboykinm

2. Red Rocks Park, Burlington

Enjoy a hike in the woods, family time in the park or a day on the beach in the beautiful Red Rocks Park. Several miles of trails are ideal for hiking and jogging, but keep in mind that they are closed to bikes. Visiting Burlington in the winter? This is the perfect place to enjoy the snow-covered landscape on snowshoes or cross country skis. Red Rocks Park is just a five minute drive from the Sierra Trading Post store location.

Red Rocks Park, Burlington Photo by Jeff Turner

3. Burlington Bike Path, Burlington

Walk, run or ride along the coast of Lake Champlain on the popular Burlington Bike Path. Located in town and close to just about everything, including the new Sierra Trading Post store, this bike path is a local favorite. The 8-mile trail runs from just south of Oakledge Park to the Winooski River north of town and offers scenic views as well as a plethora of options for exploring parks and commercial districts along the way.

Burlington Bike Path Photo by wboykinm

4. Philo State Park, Charlotte

Established in 1924, Mt. Philo State Park is Vermont's first state park and remains a perennial favorite of Burlington locals to this day. Making the 1.2 mile hike to the 968-foot peak is an adventure that even young explorers can tackle, thanks to a wide, paved road that winds up the mountain. The paved road is perfect for parents pushing strollers, so families of all ages can enjoy the hike. Dirt trails run the length of the mountain and are the best choice for hikers and trail runners who prefer more rugged terrain. Once to the top, Mt. Philo explorers are greeted with stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the west, and Camels Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the east. Multiple observation areas offer the perfect place to take in the sweeping views and lush landscape. Mt. Philo State Park is just a 35 minute drive south of the Sierra Trading Post store in Burlington.

Mt. Philo State Park Photo by Amy

5. Underhill State Park, Underhill

If you're up for a challenging hike or a weekend in the wilderness, take the 40 minute trip from the Sierra Trading Post store in Burlington to Underhill State Park. Located on the western face of Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Underhill Park has four hiking trails that lead you to the summit. Vermont's Long Trail, a nearly 300 mile-long trail that runs the length of the stat
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